Thunderstorm Asthma

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On the 21st of November 2016, following a severe thunderstorm, healthcare and emergency services around Melbourne and as far as Geelong were inundated with triple zero calls, emergency department presentations and ambulance requests from people experiencing critical respiratory issues. This unprecedented event - the most severe thunderstorm asthma epidemic ever recorded worldwide - resulted in 3,365 extra hospital presentations and 10 deaths.

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Thunderstorm asthma occurs when high grass pollen levels and a specific type of thunderstorm align, triggering asthma symptoms in certain people. Thunderstorm asthma events are uncommon and difficult to predict as they require very specific weather conditions. However, the highest risk period is during grass pollen season (October to December).

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Zhimin Zhang
17 May 2022
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An informative article to introduce thunderstorm asthma
Maggie Sullivan
20 Apr 2022
Good information to know
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16 Apr 2022
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15 Apr 2022
Sue Young
16 May 2022
Extremely interesting read. Provoked further research
Hannah Culley
18 Apr 2022
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Esther Kunzendorf
30 May 2022
Interesting topic
Aliese Dennis
04 May 2022
Good resource, enjoyer reading the interventions.
Alison Menzies
13 May 2022
Registered Nurse
A great short learning exercise.
Rhonda Sharpe
07 Jun 2022
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